India’s Vidyut Mohan was named amongst five winners in a ceremony held in London on Sunday (October 17). His initiative called Takachar was the winner in the ‘clean our air’ category and won £1 million as prize money.
Takachar develops small scale, low cost portable systems that converts farm residue into high-value bio products which enables farmers to increase their income by 30% and reduce smoke emissions by 98%, which helps improve the air quality. It could potentially cut carbon emissions by a billion tonnes in a year.
14-year-old Vinisha Umashankar made it to the list of 15 finalists and her project will receive tailored support from The Earthshot Prize Global Alliance – an unrivalled network of philanthropies, NGOs, and private sector businesses around the world who will help scale their solutions.
British Deputy High Commissioner to India, Jan Thompson, said:
I would like to congratulate both Vidyut and Vinisha for their achievement. Earthshot aims to provide the right direction to the innovative solutions offered by young people around the globe in our collective fight against climate change.
It’s also reminder for leaders around the globe as we approach COP26 that young generation is looking up to them for concrete action to save and restore our planet.
Launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in October 2020, The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history, designed to discover, spotlight and scale the best solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges.
The Earthshot Prize is centred around five ‘Earthshots’ – simple but ambitious goals for our planet which if achieved by 2030 will improve life for us all, for generations to come. The Earthshots are: Protect and Restore Nature; Clean our Air; Revive our Oceans; Build a Waste-free World; and Fix our Climate.
Each year over the course of the coming decade, The Earthshot Prize will award £1 million to five Winners across each Earthshot category, providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems by 2030.